- Artist: Benon & Vamposs
- Format: CD
- Release Date:12/23/2008
Benon & Vamposs are among Uganda's most celebrated hitmakers. With a masterful, rhythmic, beat-bopping blend of reggae, hip hop, dancehall and RnB in Luganda, Swahili and English, Benon Mugumbya a.k.a Benon and Elvis Kirya a.k.a Vamposs have blossomed into a formidable duo. Benon uses his hip-hop and RnB skills while Vamposs tempers their musical hits with his reggae and dancehall skills. The pair met in 1999 at Namasagali College, a Ugandan high school that is reknowned for developing talent. It was there that they discovered each other's talents, and decided to fuse their styles to form the famed musical team. It is no wonder that the pair chose to follow their musical careers. Elvis Kirya hails from a musical family. He is the brother of Maurice Kirya, one of Uganda's RnB sensations. He is also the brother of Ugandan hip-hop star Alex Kirya a.k.a Krayzie Native or Sabasaba. Benon Mugambya, on the other hand, was an active member of his high school entertainment groups who excelled musically. The two musicians, who are in their late 20's started out with songs like 'Keep On Dreaming', 'The Gal', Luganda song 'Lwali Luli' (It Was Yesterday,) Swahili song 'Wattu Wote' (Everybody) and 'My Lady'. 'Keep on dreaming', their first single, was a collaboration they worked on right after high school in 2000. Both saved up some money and went to the studio to produce it. But in a country with a fledgling music industry where English songs are not easily marketable, the two would only find success later on when they used local languages like Luganda and Swahili. In 2005, Benon & Vamposs were nominated for Best RnB single in Uganda's PAM Awards, and in 2006 they were nominated for the Best Group Award in East Africa's Kisima Awards. Benon & Vamposs's big break came with the Luganda single 'Nsazewo' (I have decided,) which flooded East African radio airwaves with such popularity that it finally gave them the notoriety they had been seeking. The song, which was produced by one of Uganda's greatest producers, Steve Jean opened doors for the team. Having achieved stardom status in East Africa, the dynamic duo set their sights upon the international scene.One of their videos 'Mumuleete' (Bring Her) made it to the top ten on MTV Base Europe chart in UK. Their success spilled into other areas as well. Benon produced the theme song for DIVIZIONZ, a feature film starring popular Ugandan musicians. As a group, Benon & Vamposs have also collaborated with Ugandan musical heavy weights such as hip-hop band Klear Kut, Lyrical G, Juliana, Babaluku, Peter Miles, Tickie Tah and more. The group, which has performed countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Sweden, Demark, Norway, Germany and several states in the U.S.A. This CD promises new sounds and old classics. For lovers of world music with an Aftocentric /reggaefied flavour Benon & Vamposs are worth listening to!
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